Snyder Still Leading Overall; Now Ahead With Union Members Too

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Our exclusive News10 Epic-MRA poll shows Rick Snyder leading by 20 points. Compare that with a 24 point lead in September.

"Mayor Bernero has made a little bit of progress but not nearly enough to close the gap," said Epic-MRA co-founder John Cavanagh.

That's why sunday's debate is critical.

"Mayor Bernero must score a knockout punch in my opinion in order to climb a fairly large hill," Cavanagh said.

Large indeed. Snyder leads all over Michigan except Detroit and Wayne county. However 18 percent of voters are still undecided.

The poll isn't entirely consistent with last month's poll. Take unions, for instance. In september Bernero led that category by 11 points. This time, Snyder has it by 13.

"The points he needs to emphasize are the pieces of information from Snyder's corporate past that would indicate to union members that he really isn't your friend," said Cavanagh.

But Snyder is the friend of pro-life voters.

Pro-choice voters support Bernerno but not to the same extent pro-life voters support Snyder, Cavanagh said.

Cavanagh says that's because voters aren't basing their decision on abortion.

The most important factor for voters is, not surprisingly, the economy.

Cavanagh says Bernero has the leg up in the debate.

"He's better on his feet," he said. "He's better handling questions ad hoc."

But voters are eager to see snyder out of his element, too

One voter told WILX she would base her decision about Snyder on "my perception of him once I see him in more than a commercial."

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  • by Don Dean on Oct 11, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    Haven't watched the whole show. But the sound bites tell that Snyder is bussiness as usual. Why are people in Ann Arbor researching what the Chinese want? Do we want jobs here? Or do we want to research China or their products, people, or culture? Virg will fight for Michigan. I know this. He has fought for Lansing. What has Snyder done? More importantly what will he do? Research China! Which means spending money in China not Michigan.
  • by barb Location: MI on Oct 11, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    I AGREE WITH Snyder, debates are nothing but mud slinging comments with no topics actually discussed. Rather see a general forum where room of people can ask candidates their issue questions with NO SLINGING,and each candidate answering the questions as they would resolve them. NOT answer and then say BUT the other candidate is doing this. WE ARE SMART enough to decide without all the slinging!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    Snyder isn't making promises out of thin air, he wants to see jobs brought back to Michigan. He doesn't want to control our lives, he just wants Michigan to function again, with jobs for everyone. He is old enough to remember when people came here from all over to get jobs. Now they are leaving the state in droves. He is also right in wanting to get rid of the business tax. No one wants to pay more in taxes for a business here, than they would pay someplace else.
  • by non anonymous on Oct 10, 2010 at 09:14 PM
    Just like pro wrestling, in the ring they appear enemies, but after the show is over they go out to dinner together. The left and right is controlled by the same beast.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    Dems are losing their credibility with unions. Look what happen with the UAW with GM and chrysler.
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